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ESPN:
MLB hopes offensive numbers perk up after historically rough April for hitters  —  MLB hitters hope that turning the calendar will also turn the page on an anemic April for offenses around the league.  —  Major league batters are hitting just .232 overall through April …
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:
Yankees Notebook: Darren O'Day goes on the IL with ‘cranky’ shoulder  —  Darren O'Day was placed on the injured list with a right rotator cuff strain on Saturday.  The Yankees' side-armer has been dealing with a “cranky” shoulder all season.  He will be shut down for a few weeks, Aaron Boone said.
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
Tim Healey / Newsday:
Marcus Stroman hurts hamstring, benches later clear as Mets lose to Phillies  —  PHILADELPHIA — The benches and bullpens cleared during a late-inning dust-up between Dominic Smith and Jose Alvarado, owner Steve Cohen tweeted a health update about Marcus Stroman, and the Mets lost to the Phillies …
Gabe Lacques / USA Today:
MLB April takeaways: The Giants built a rotation from scratch - and may be creating a juggernaut  —  They will finish April in first place or within a whisper of it, the definition of a Nice Little Story if ever there was one.  —  Yet while the San Francisco Giants' 16-9 start has a nifty narrative …
Tim Sullivan / Courier-Journal:
Trainers quick to trade up for higher-profile jockeys in 2021 Kentucky Derby  —  John Sadler's obligation is to the owners.  He is paid to win races, not friends, and that means putting his horses in the best possible position, beneath the best available jockey.  —  “I'm a little sentimental,” the California-based trainer said.
Discussion: Mercury News
Myles Simmons / ProFootballTalk:
If Aaron Rodgers is traded, Broncos or Raiders are most likely destinations  —  Aaron Rodgers wants out of Green Bay.  —  If he is indeed traded — which a source told PFT is a possibility for this weekend — where could he end up?  —  Two likely destinations would appear to be the Broncos or Raiders.
Discussion: Mercury News
Jesse Rogers / ESPN:
Philadelphia Phillies' Bryce Harper exits after taking 96.9 mph pitch to his face against St. Louis Cardinals  —  Philadelphia Phillies star Bryce Harper said he was “all good” after leaving Wednesday night's win against the St. Louis Cardinals because he was hit in the face by a 96.9 mph fastball from reliever Genesis Cabrera.
Deesha Thosar / New York Daily News:
Jacob deGrom can't do it all as Red Sox beat Mets to sweep two-game series  —  For the second straight night, the loudest noise from the Citi Field crowd came in the form of boos.  —  The home crowd of 8,051 fans didn't just restrict their boos for Francisco Lindor, though he heard it loudly after he struck out in the sixth.
 
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